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I Told You So is true, terrifying, and coffee-out-yournose funny. I love Kate Clinton. Buy the book, or I'll sic the NSA on your ass.—Rachel Maddow

"Kate Clinton makes our world bigger by sharing hers. With her laser-beam wit, she offers up a series of bittersweet, twisted, tart and tangy, honest, and from-the-heart essays. I enjoyed every minute of viewing the world through her eyes. All that and she is funny."—Lewis Black, The Daily Show

"A hilarious, jam-packed, and fun-filled collection of thoughts from the mind of an American original."—Lily Tomlin

"Clinton proves in these essays—which cover topics from the inherent lesbianism of Sex and the City to three-dimensional thesauri—that she still ranks among the sharpest, funniest working comedians."—Ms.

"[Clinton] throws just as many ingredients into the pot—she riffs on Hillary Clinton and waterboarding, baptism and Provincetown—but comedic license and her own wicked sense of humor allow Clinton a kind of thematic ADD that fiction would not afford."—Kathi Wolfe, Washington Blade


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Kate Clinton is a faith-based, tax-paying, America-loving political humorist and family entertainer. With a career spanning over 25 years, Kate Clinton has worked through economic booms and busts, Disneyfication and Walmartization, gay movements and gay markets, lesbian chic and queer eyes, and ten presidential inaugurals. She still believes that humor gets us through peacetime, wartime and scoundrel time.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
The Count is going strong again Sept. 16 2001
By Roel Abels - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This Pablo recording from 1975 represents a new revitilised Basie
band. After some years of having almost not recorded at all, due to problems with stable personnel, William Basie at this time has found a new drummer, Butch Miles and a new arranger, Bill Holman, who was asked to write charts especially for this project. Because of this, these recordings are a pleasant breakaway from a long tradition of using the Sammy Nestico charts over and over again. And what a talent this Basie band has in its ranks: Sonny Cohn and the sparkling Bobby Mitchell provide the trumpet solos, in the trombone department you`ll
hear the one and only plunger specialist Al Grey, supported by
Curtis Fuller and Bill Hughes. Of course the star soloist of the band is still there playing with the reeds: Jimmy Forrest, with his fat, gutty attack on the tenorsax.
Besides the brilliant new scores on this album, Holman arranged two famous standards for Basie, `Something To Live For` and
`Too Close For Comfort`. In listening to them, you get almost the feeling that Basie`s third Atomic period had started. Definitely a Basie for your collection at home.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Terrific Basie..... Feb. 27 2008
By Robert J. Ament - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was surprised to find an album by Basie where the arrangements were by Bill Holman and 8 of 10 selections were written by Holman. This was recorded in 1976 and I've owned my copy only within the last 8 years.

When one thinks of the Basie band, you automatically think of the foremost arrangers Ernie Wilkins, Neal Hefti and Sammy Nestico......three superb arrangers and composers in their own right! There are exceptions, fine compositions by his own sidemen (re. my review of "Chairman Of The Board"). Bill Holman is in a different plane with many credits, his own band and his work with Stan Kenton being most familiar to me. What really knocked me out, was his complex arrangements being completely written in the Basie style. There is not one selection here that can be played without identifying it immediately with the Count Basie style. A possible exception might be the closer, "The Git", a real burner which starts off with the drumming of Butch Miles and found me thinking of Buddy Rich, at least before the Count's solo kicked in.

There's a nice mixture of tempos on this set , including some fine blues as you would expect with the Basie band. My favorites are the slower tempo ones: "Flirt", "Something To Live For" (Duke and Billy would have appreciated this arrangement), and "Swee'pea" , the affectionate nickname and a fine tribute to Billy Strayhorn.

I was gratified to write a review of something with a sales rating of under 100,000 but also surprised that there was only one review. Usually my reviews seem to rank consderably lower in popularity. That said, this is a fine Basie album which should appeal to his fans,followers of Bill Holman, or any fan of big band jazz.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
K8's Gr8t! May 18 2009
By Marsha A. Griffith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Just saw Kate in Asheville, NC a few weeks ago, she was hilarious. I got this book as soon as we got back. She is funny, way funny, but more than that, she is wicked smart and right on target. She should have her own tv show a'la Jon Stewart. Get this book, you will laugh out loud, and learn something in the process.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Gotta Love Kate Feb. 8 2010
By Kathleen P. Smith-jones - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the third of Kate's books and I have read them all. Some of the material is very dated politically. I particularly enjoyed the chapters that were not political in nature. It is a laugh-out-loud, hey, let me tell you what she said about this kind of book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Later Day Basie Band Sept. 9 2000
By "borth5" - Published on Amazon.com
This CD represents a portion of the Basie Band's 1976 studio recording for the Pablo label. The band is heard in excellent shape, and the arrangments are always interesting and swining. Of particluar note is the title track "Told You So" as the band swings with energy, emotion, and musical harmony. This is a great CD and studio session from the band in 1976, only five years before Basie's death in 1981. And it represents the personal of his band up until his death. A great buy, at a price!


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